Talk:West Siberian Plain

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southern border/limit of West Siberian Plain?[edit]

In the first paragraph, "the Eastern Sayan Mountains and the Baikal Mountains on the south" is clearly not the southern limit of the West Siberian Plain (southern limit of Central Siberian Plateau to east maybe). In the same paragraph, the second reference to the southern limit "foothills of the Altay Mountains" is at best misleading, depending on how far one could extend the the foothills west, the western limit of the Altai Mountains themselves providing only a small southeastern portion of the entire southern limit. EncBrit 2005 actually describes the southern limit as "foothills of Altai Mountains" in its Russia>geography>West Siberian Plain section, but in its direct article: West Siberian Plain, gives the southern limit as "Torghay Plateau, the Saryarqa (Kazak Uplands), and the Altai Mountains". I think there is some north-south<>east-west juxtaposition of the western foothills of the Altai mountains<>Kazak Uplands (aka Kyrgyz/Kazakh Steppes), but I think the Kazakh Uplands are a distinct geographical area and integral to appreciating the southern transition from (West Siberian) plain to Upland/Steppe. Anyway, I think its quite wrong to state the Eastern Sayan and Baikal Mountains as the southern limit, and confusing just to say the 'foothills of Altai Mountains'. I will leave this here for discussion prior to editing the article. Jauntymcd 16:47, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

The Kazakh Steppe is actually considered as a physiographic province of the larger Siberian Plain division. wbfergus Talk 17:30, 9 December 2007 (UTC)